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About this collection

     Bookplates (ex libris) have been used to identify book ownership since the 15th century, often designed and executed by graphic artists. Initially they mostly showed heraldic motifs but in the last 125 years the emphasis has been on artistic qualities and many ex libris are examples of high art. There are many bookplate collectors.

     All the bookplates shown here are by established, and in some cases famous, artists from the Netherlands and Belgium spanning the 20th Century. Most of these are original graphic works, a few are copies. They all relate to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or psychology. Many add interesting information and symbols pertaining to the book owners. Study these little gems and see what you can make out about the people commissioning the bookplates.

Bookplate images have been restricted to on campus only for copyright concerns. Please visit the library to browse the electonic collection.

         

 
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